Although the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense only gave up 21 points to the still winless New York Giants, the story was that they came up big, when it mattered, managing to create four turnovers. It was a performance that wasn’t expected of the worst defense in the NFL, but taking advantage of Eli Manning, who leads the league in interceptions, Philadelphia was able to provide support to the offense. The offense still looked inconsistent, but the Eagles managed to get a divisional win, ending a three game skid.
Spotty Philadelphia secondary took over the fourth quarter with Brandon Boykin and Cary Williams both picking off Manning, helping to keep the game in hand . Prior to that, the interception parade began when Mychal Kendricks grabbed a deflected ball, setting the Eagles’ offense up with great field position for Nick Foles, who took the team over for an injured Michael Vick, leading them to victory.
The Eagles’ defense added a fumble recovery to the stats, making their performance complete. They gave up the fewest points they’ve surrendered on the season and really stepped up in the fourth quarter when the support was needed and the game was on the line.
Philadelphia can only hope that the output of the defense at the end of the game is something they can replicate and build confidence on. Being only five weeks into the season and tied for the lead in the NFC East, having strong defense to rely on would provide just what the Eagles need to make themselves contenders and to be taken a bit more seriously as the season progresses.